According to the British Nutrition Foundation, we tend to increase our calorie intake by around 500 calories per day over and above the recommended amount at Christmas, resulting in an average weight gain of approximately five pounds. However, with only 2% of dieters able to maintain their weight-loss using conventional diet plans, perhaps it’s time to revisit your approach? Indeed, the NHS go out of their way to emphasis that a healthy, balanced diet coupled with plenty of regular exercise is the only effective way to lose weight and keep it off long term. And you can give your new healthy eating programme a powerful boost simply by adding a number of superfoods known to encourage gentle, sustainable weight loss, such as organic chia seeds.
What are organic chia seeds?
Organic chia seeds are extracted from the Mexican mint plant known as the Chia (Salvia Hispanica). The chia plant has been used as a valuable source of food and medicine by indigenous peoples of South America for thousands of years and the tiny seeds were once so highly prized by the Aztecs, that they used them as a form of currency. Organic chia seeds are packed with beneficial nutrients including vitamins (vitamin A), minerals (such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese and sodium), protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, amino acids and antioxidants. Known to help slow down the aging process, strengthen immunity and balance blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory chia seeds are also a potent weapon in the battle against the bulge. Below we examine exactly how organic chia seeds can help you lose weight in an entirely natural way.
How organic chia seeds can help you to lose weight
Arguably the most important weight loss aspect of organic chia seeds is their remarkable ability to absorb large quantities of water. Organic chia seeds can soak up more than 12 times their own weight in water, meaning that even after consuming just a small amount, you’ll feel incredibly full. And organic chia seeds benefit from an exceptionally low glycaemic index rating of 1, which enables them to slow down your absorption of complex carbohydrates. This delayed release of energy actively prevents the blood sugar highs and lows known to prompt food cravings. In addition, organic chia seeds consist of 16% fibre (both soluble and insoluble) and a single serving delivers over 40% of your recommended daily fibre intake. Dietary fibre encourages a regular bowel movement, helps to decelerate digestion and again, keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Chia seeds are also extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, they contain 600% more omega-3 fatty acids than Atlantic salmon. In particular they boast a high dose of alpha-linoleic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that researchers at the University of Maryland believe can help to reduce cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids prompt weight loss by stimulating those enzymes responsible for transporting fat to where it can be burnt as fuel, instead of being stored in the body. They can also improve the flow of blood to your muscles during exercise, resulting in yet more fat burn. Lastly, organic chia seeds contain almost twice the protein content of other types of grain and in a readily digestible form – it is well documented that increasing the amount of protein in your diet, whilst simultaneously reducing the quantity of carbohydrates can result in demonstrable weight loss.
Incorporating organic chia seeds into your weight loss plan
Organic chia seeds deliver a large amount of energy in a small portion, meaning that only a modest amount is required for visible weight loss. Organic chia seeds are an ideal ingredient in bread, can be scattered generously over breakfast cereals, soups, sauces and salads, or added to your favourite smoothies, shakes and juices. They can also be soaked in water to prepare a gel-like substance that is the perfect base for raw desserts and may be used to thicken tea.